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cover Internet Routing with BGP
by Iljitsch van Beijnum, 2022

A lot of things about BGP have changed in 20 years, so time for a new book. Published as an e-book only for now. New topics include IPv6, RPKI and BFD.

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, 2002

In essence, I wrote the book I wish I had when I first started out with BGP. It explains current interdomain routing practices, including AS number and IP addressing issues, and has real-world BGP examples for Cisco routers.

More information on the book.


cover Internet Routing Architectures
by Sam Halabi, 2000

Very detailed description of BGP, with Cisco example configurations.

Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook
by William R. Parkhurst, 2001

This book is structured as a reference manual for the BGP commands in Cisco IOS, but it offers more: for each command, there is at least one example that shows how the command is used.


cover BGP4 Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet
by John W. Stewart, 1998

Haven't read it. Shorter than the others at 137 pages (and cheaper). I hear it's good, with a detailed protocol description and operational details.

Books on Computer Networking in General

Network Geeks: How They Built the Internet
by Brian Carpenter, 2013

Former IETF chair Brian Carpenter writes about building the internet in Europe as well as his time at CERN and IBM.


cover Routing in the Internet
by Christian Huitema, 1999

The former chairman of the Internet Architecture Board describes many of the core Internet protocols (including IPv6) and shares some insight in the more political issues, such as OSI vs IPv6.

Interconnections, Second Edition: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols
by Radia Perlman, 1999

Excellent in-depth treatment of routing and switching. Some info on interdomain routing.


cover Gigabit Networking
by Craig Partridge, 1993

This is a very good book on gigabit speed networking in general and descriptions of several technologies, including fiber optics, cell networking and ATM, host performance and QoS.

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon, 1998

Describes the early days of the Internet, or rather, the ARPANET. Very interesting.


cover Computer Networks
by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, 1996

Classic textbook on computer networking. Covers everything from layering (the OSI model), transmission media, error detection and correction, sliding windows to congestion control and much, much more.

Gigabit Ethernet: Migrating to High-Bandwidth Lans
by Jayant Kadambi, Mohan Kalkunte, Ian Crayford, 1998

Excellent book on Ethernet, with many interesting things on 10, 100 and 1000 megabit Ethernet. The book goes into great detail.


cover The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
by W. Richard Stevens, 1994

Covers many protocols from the TCP/IP family, but the 120 pages on TCP alone makes the book worth buying.